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THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN

THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN ($25) is the film where the entire series reached the pinnacle of its hilarity. Instead of offering a plot that requires Clouseau to investigate a genuine crime, THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN allows Clouseau (Peter Sellers) to become the film’s center, around which everything else spins out of control. As THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN opens, Clouseau has been promoted to Chief Inspector, while his predecessor Dreyfus (Herbert Lom), whom the bungling Clouseau drove insane, is on the verge of being released from the lunatic asylum. On the day of his scheduled release, Dreyfus receives a disastrous visit from Clouseau, which only serves to drive the former Chief Inspector completely insane once again.

However, instead of becoming a babbling idiot, Dreyfus is transformed into a criminal mastermind with only one purpose- to bring about the demise of Chief Inspector Clouseau by whatever means required. Armed with a doomsday machine, Dreyfus blackmails the world's governments into assigning their best assassins to the job of killing Clouseau. Fortunately for Clouseau, dumb luck is on his side as he manages to sidestep death time and again. Of course, the assassins don't fare as well as their target. THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN is a brilliant exercise in slapstick that showcases Peter Sellers amazing talent for physical comedy. Everything is wonderfully over-the-top and completely hilarious, especially Sellers, Lom and Burt Kwouk as Clouseau's put-upon manservant Cato. The cast of THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN also features Lesley-Anne Down, Colin Blakely, Leonard Rossiter, André Maranne and an uncredited cameo by Omar Sharif.

MGM Home Entertainment has done a rather nice job with their DVD edition of THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN. The film is offered in both full screen and wide screen versions on opposite sides of the disc, although for the life of me, I cannot understand MGM’s rationale for omitting the 16:9 enhancement from this DVD. There is just no logical reason for MGM to release four Inspector Clouseau movies any only give two of them anamorphic enhanced presentations. Despite the omission of the 16:9 component, THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN looks pretty good in wide screen. As for the full screen version, don’t waste your time since far too much of the film’s 2.35:1 aspect ratio is cropped away to make this presentation worthwhile viewing. The Letterboxed transfer is sharp, detailed has respectable colors for a mid-seventies film. As for the film element itself, it had an occasional blemish, but otherwise very clean looking. Digital compression artifacts remain in check throughout the film.

The Dolby Digital monaural soundtrack is clean sounding a worth amplifying for the Henry Mancini score. A French language soundtrack has been provided, in addition to English and French subtitles.

The interactive menus have full motion video, music and provide access to the scene and language selection features. A theatrical trailer is also accessible through the menus system.

All reviews are Copyright © 1999 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 
THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN 



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DVD reviews are Copyright © 1999 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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